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Marc Brédif (375ml), 2018, Vouvray Classic

White, Old World, Chenin Blanc from Vouvray in the Loire, France

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We visited Bredif when we were in the Loire valley recently - see our notes here.  We were impressed with this classic, slightly off-dry, chenin blanc.

Founded in 1893 by Mr. Brédif the Brédif House is one of the best known and most respected houses in the area. Baron Patrick de Ladoucette took over the winery in 1980.

Grown on the lower slopes along the Loire Valley in Vouvray and Vernou-sur-Brenne, the grapes for the Marc Brédif Vouvray enjoy Northern/Southern exposure. The vineyards have soils of mainly chalk clay, with some parcels having flint clay soils. The vineyards are 25-30 years old on average. The "Classic" on the label denotes this as Marc Brédif's traditional Vouvray.

Winemaking  The grapes are hand picked with care to avoid any bruising. They then undergo pneumatic pressing. Only the juice that runs naturally from the grapes is used (i.e. not pressed juice), which is left to clarify for 18 to 24 hours. Temperature controlled fermentation at 18 degrees C takes place for two months. The wine is left to mature in vats for 9 months on lees.

Tasting Notes  The wine is a brilliant pale gold. On the nose, there is a fine bouquet full aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit such as pears. One finds citrus notes such as grapefruit. The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes of grapefruit on the lingering finish. It is a lovely wine, ripe and refreshing; a really great alternative to Sauvignon or Chardonnay and drier than most Vouvray.

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